Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

A super easy stand-in for traditional key lime pie. Slightly altered from the version posted on Serious Eats ( Squeezing the limes can be a chore, but you can always skip it by buying fresh lime juice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine condensed milk and heavy cream in a large bowl.
  2. Add lime juice and whisk until thickened, about 1 minute.
  3. Spread 1 cup filling on bottom of deep-dish pie plate.
  4. Top with single layer of Ritz crackers.
  5. Repeat, alternating layers of filling and crackers until pie plate is full. Finish with a layer of filling. For that layer, mix half of the lime zest into the "batter".
  6. Sprinkle with the remaining grated lime zest.
  7. Refrigerate overnight. Keep refrigerated until serving.
  8. Note: Original recipe called for 1/2 cup juice but I found it better with more. I also only needed 6 limes to provide the juice I needed. Club crackers can stand-in for Ritz.
Most Helpful

Mandy! You genius. I get all the flavors and satisfaction of a key lime pie, but with only a quarter of the work and time spent. I actually like this version better - the salty hit you get from the crackers is right up my alley. Thanks so much for posting!

Liza at March 04, 2014

Thank you, Mandy! In the past I designated Key Lime Pie as a "weekend only" dessert due to time limitations. I love that I can have the flavor of one of my favorite pies in just 10 minutes. Great idea!

Jillian at March 04, 2014

Wow! My dad is a huge key lime pie guy and makes them often. But who has all that time? This is my go-to when I'm craving that refreshingly sweet bite but don't want to put in all the effort. Well done, Mandy!

Rebecca Fieldhouse March 04, 2014

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